Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ever wonder...

Have you ever wondered how cauliflower grows...or how batteries work...or if popping your knuckles is actually bad for you? Maybe you're curious about what really happens to the plastic you throw away or how to spot a counterfeit dollar bill.

  If you have a curious nature, perhaps TedEd
is a website you should check out!


TedEd - a part of the larger TED organization (that's short for Technology, Education & Design) that brings us TedTalks - has a "commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas."1 Their website has a whole series of lessons that people all over the world are using for educational purposes...or just for fun because here's the thing, they are fun to watch! These aren't boring documentaries or educational films, they are creative, visually appealing films that vary in content and length.

You can chose videos from any of the following topics:
  • The Arts
  • Business & Economics
  • Design, Engineering & Technology
  • Health
  • Literature & Language
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • Psychology
  • Science & Technology
  • Social Studies
  • Teaching & Education
  • Thinking & Learning
If you're the type that likes to "be int he know" and are always asking questions, then perhaps a TedEd video every now and again will suit you well!

While TedTalks are free to watch online, Films on Demand, one of the library's databases, has a nice streaming collection that links to other related films. And if you're interested in books...well, here's a recommendation that will go hand in hand with the fun films you can find at TedEd that is sure to please!

1. "About." TED-Ed: Ideas Worth Sharing. Ted Conferences LLC. Web. 27 May 2015.  

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